Fruit Pork Roast

Fruit Pork Roast -- A Pinch of Joy
Fruit Pork Roast -- A Pinch of Joy

We had some good eating in the last couple weeks before the freezer left, including this deliciously beautiful Fruit Pork Roast.   When the freezer’s predecessor died, I almost didn’t buy a replacement. But we just couldn’t do without – in less than a week we gathered up the spare change and went shopping for a freezer. This time we decided to list the little chest on Craigslist and buy a new one to fit the new space once we move.

The people who bought it were super nice. Her sister and children were moving from Florida to live with them for the summer (and maybe longer) while the brother in law got settled in his new job and found a house in New York where he’d been transferred.  I wouldn’t back down on the price (since I had a list of seven more inquiries after theirs), but when it came time to pay the guy held back five dollars with high drama. Equally dramatic, I said Yes, we’ll take five dollars less just so you don’t ruin your reputation for driving a hard bargain. He did the happy dance. We all had a good laugh. They loaded the freezer in the back of the SUV with a bit of maneuvering and amazingly the hatchback closed!

 This fruit pork loin roast was delicious and served three meals plus another one or two as pulled pork! Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you. Easy and it cooks all day, releasing the most pleasing aromas. Take a minute to garnish with more fresh apple slices and parsley as you serve it and you’ll have a beautiful presentation.   This is worth making, even if you don’t have to empty the freezer and use up the pork roast hiding in the corner.

Fruit Pork Roast
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Tender pork roast with fruit for a delightful dinner dish. It's easy to prepare in the slow cooker but looks like a million bucks when you garnish with fresh apple slices and parsley just before serving.
Recipe type: Meat
Serves: 12 servings
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3 pounds boneless pork loin roast or tenderloin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small lemon, sliced
  • 1 medium apple, sliced
  • ½ cup packed fresh parsley
  1. Combine the first seven ingredients in small bowl.
  2. Use 3 quart slower cooker. If using liner, place in cooker before using. If necessary cut meat in half to fit in slow cooker.
  3. Mix salt, pepper and ginger in cup and sprinkle over meat. Pour apple juice mixture over roast,then arrange apple and lemon slices as desired.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until tender.
  5. Gently transfer meat to serving platter to stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Roll ups

Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Rollups -- A Pinch of Joy
Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Rollups -- A Pinch of Joy

From my sister, Bee . . . a  creamy, cheesy pasta dish with chicken made over the top delicious with yummy bacon.  Sooo good.  I got to do the filling and rolling for this batch  — since I was hanging around the pan of browned bacon, I think.  She’s generous with bacon, but has this idea that everyone should have an equal chance.  :-)   I learned from her when visiting a couple years ago, that its so much easier to snip bacon into one inch pieces BEFORE browning.  Duh!  Here’s what the pan looked like right out of the oven.  Too bad you can’t scratch and sniff, because the aroma is delightful!! 

Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Rollups -o- A Pinch of Joy

Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Roll ups
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 8 servings
  • 8 lasagna noodles. cooked
  • 1 pound bacon, diced, cooked and drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup approximately prepared Alfredo sauce,
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese,shredded
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ c4up grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Bring large pot of water to boil, add lasagna noodles and cook according to package directions for al dente. Do not overcook. Drain and separate noodles to allow excess water to drain.
  2. Grill or cook chicken breasts until done, Let cool slightly and dice or shred. Set aside.
  3. Cut bacon into one inch pieces and fry. Add diced onions and minced garlic when bacon has browned and cook until bacon is crisped, about three minutes. Lift bacon mixture onto plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  4. Mix together cheeses, sour cream, and seasonings.
  5. Lay noodles flat on paper lined surface. .Divide and spread the filling onto the pasta evenly.
  6. Add shredded chicken onto each pasta, about ½ cup chicken on each roll. .
  7. Set aside ⅓ cup bacon mixture. Distribute remainder bacon mixture on top of the chicken and cheese on the lasagna noodles
  8. Sprinkle Parmesan on top of the bacon and chicken.
  9. Spread ½ cup of Parmesan Cream Sauce on the bottom of a medium baking dish.
  10. Roll each lasagna and noodle and put seam side down in baking dish.
  11. Spread remainder of cream sauce.evenly across top of lasagna rolls
  12. Top with remainder of bacon.mixture
  13. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan on top.
  14. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes.
  15. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes to firm before serving.

Cheese Bacon Burger

Cheese Bacon Burger -- A Pinch of Joy
Cheese Bacon Burger -- A Pinch of Joy

Cheese Bacon Burger is a product of my sister’s Bee imagination.  She loves cheese.  And bacon.  And hamburger.  So she put them all together to create this seriously great barbecue burger.  Use at least 80 percent lean meat so there is a bit of fat to keep it moist.  Grill low and slow for tender, delicious burgers.  MMMMMM
Cheese Bacon Burger
Recipe type: Meat
Serves: 8 burgers
  • 2 pounds ground beef, 80 percent lean
  • 6 pieces bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • condiments of choice
  • 8 buns
  1. Cut bacon into one inch pieces and cook until crispy soft.
  2. Add cheese and bacon to ground beef, with salt and pepper if desired, and mix thoroughly. Make into 8 thick patties.
  3. Grill low temperature until done in middle.
  4. Serve hot with condiments of your choice.

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